May 14, 2013                                                                                        

Graduating Students Look to the Future

Show OpeningWith the school year quickly coming to a close, graduating high school students at the District School Board of Niagara are coming together for one final celebration of the arts. Until June 4, the Education Centre in St. Catharines will be home to the 2013 Graduate Art Show, featuring student works such as paintings, photos, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition features more than 65 pieces of art.

 “Graduating high school is a very significant event in a student’s life. It is also a time when students are considering the different directions in which their lives make take; either to post-secondary education or the world of work. Major life changes such as this have a profound effect on the way we view the world and that influence is often expressed through art,” says Gerda Klassen, DSBN Arts Consultant.

The exhibition, which showcases the best pieces done by talented graduating secondary school students from across the DSBN, was adjudicated by Peter Vietgen, professor of Visual Art at the Faculty of Education, Brock University and Marcie Bronson the Curator of Art at Rodman Hall.

The following students were recognized for their outstanding artwork at the show opening:

Best in Show              Pin Up Girl                Matt Ellis          E.L.Crossley Secondary

Best Sculpture           Saw Blade Table        Chase Griffin     Port Colborne High School

Best Painting             Joy Ride                    Jass Hamlyn     Eden High School

Best Mixed Media      Precipice                   Alana Hobson    A.N.Myer Secondary

Best Photo                Consumerism            Jake Jones        Sir Winston Churchill

Best Drawing             Molly’s Antiques        Moira Garr         Grimsby Secondary

Best Printmaking       Faces of Pain            Abby Buma        E.L.Crossley Secondary

Visitors are encouraged to attend the free show from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Education Centre is located at 191 Carlton Street in St. Catharines.